Local author to sign books at Highland bookstore

Miles Book Store of Highland

Author Jane Ammeson will sign books from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 4 at Miles Books at 2819 Jewett Ave. in downtown Highland.

Ammeson will sign copies of the books "Hauntings of the Underground Railroad: Ghosts of the Midwest," "Murders That Made Headlines: Crimes of Indiana," "East Chicago" and "A Jazz Age Murder in Northwest Indiana: The Tragic Betrayal of Nettie Diamond."

The East Chicago native and Region-based author is a Times of Northwest Indiana correspondent who has written several books, including the East Chicago entry in Arcadia Publishing's Images of America series that showcases historic black-and-white photos.

Quarry Books just published Ammeson's new historical book on the Underground Railroad.

"In 'Hauntings of the Underground Railroad: Ghosts of the Midwest,' Jane Simon Ammeson investigates unforgettable and chilling tales of these restless ghosts that still walk the night," the publisher said in its marketing copy. "This unique collection includes true and gruesome stories, like the story of a lost toddler who wanders the woods near the Story Inn, eternally searching for the mother torn from him by slave hunters, or the tale of the Hannah House, where an overturned oil lamp sparked a fire that trapped slaves hiding in the basement and burned them alive. Brave visitors who visit the house, which is now a bed and breakfast, claim they can still hear voices moaning and crying from the basement. Ammeson also includes incredible true stories of daring escapes and close calls on the Underground Railroad. A fascinating and spine-tingling glimpse into our past,' Hauntings of the Underground Railroad' will keep you up all night." 

Anyone who can't make it to the book signing but still would like a signed copy or one of her books can call Miles Books at 219.838.8700 to reserve one.

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